Horsing around

Fitzy knew when we agreed the two paintings that I’m currently doing for him that if I had other deadline commissions, that they would take precedence over the timing for his artwork, and was happy with that possibility. The only reason I said it was because I knew the artwork that I’m doing for Fitzy is going to take a while to paint, as I’m having to do two working paintings before I start the two canvas’s proper. And, sure enough, soon after I started work, I was asked to paint a picture for a birthday in May, so I’ve got a deadline, just as I predicted! LOL

The painting in question is totally different to the ones I’m doing for Fitzy, as it’s Elliot. And Elliot is a bit different to Fitzy. He has lovely long black hair, he has brown eyes, a bit of a beard, long nose, big ears, and four feet. Well, hooves really. Because Elliot is………… a horse. I met him a couple of weeks ago when I was asked to go and see him and take photos for the portrait I’m doing of him. I duly went along at the arranged time, feeding time infact, as that was deemed the part of the day when he was more likely to be amenable to a stranger taking photos of his best side. Of course, he was curious to start with, but soon got bored of the tiresome task of having to lift his head AND look intelligent AND look the right way AND have his ears forward AND not be eating whilst he was doing it. So he kept wandering off. The back end of a horse is not that photogenic, so I had to get to the right end, rather than the wrong end, and try to photograph him in the the right light, with all the aforementioned posing involved too!

I’ve NEVER taken so many photos of one thing before. Photo. Photo. Photo. Photo………..Photo. Photo……………

After taking endless shots I thought at least a few of them would be right, but on getting home I found that only one fit the criteria of him looking around, with ears forward, looking curious and friendly, not eating, not side on, and not full on. Phew. Do all super models have this problem, I wonder? LOL

Well, no matter, one photo was all I needed. And that is what I’ve been working from, and this is the painting I’ve done, in acrylic on line and wash board. Acrylics are the best thing to use for animal portraits, as you can build up the light hairs on dark background, dark hairs on light background that is the animal. And that is how you get the character of the animal too. I think I’ve got a good likeness to Elliot, I just hope the person who is receiving this as a birthday present thinks so too……………….. She’s not seen it yet. The bit I like best, is the bit of flicked paint around his mane, that makes him look like he’s moving a bit, and the white blow of air below his mouth, that makes him look alive. Well, the intelligent eyes, the right shape for a horses head, the colours, the nuances of tone of his hair all help too of course!!!!! LOL

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

Comments (6)

  1. Indigo
    May 1, 2009

    Jackie ~ You’ve captured the horse in all it’s glorious detail, even down to his chin whiskers. Elliot? I love that name, and it suits him. I like this painting, although I’m scared of horses, but not this one!

  2. Jackie Adshead
    May 1, 2009

    Indigo – Thankyou, even down to his chin whiskers, eh?! 🙂 Glad you like it, I like his name too, he’s got character with a name like that.

  3. Fitzy
    May 5, 2009

    From your painting it certainly seems as though Elliot knew that something was going on with some strange woman taking photos of him. although when I say strange, I of course mean that in the loosest and nicest possible sense! lol

    It really is a lovely painting, right down to his whiskers and I am sure the Elliot would approve, as will the new owner of the painting.

    You are certainly right about the flecks of paint around his mane adding movement to the piece and it all goes towards making him look a real character.

  4. Spiky Zora Jones
    May 5, 2009

    jackie: I love this painting. Your hard work has paid off sweetie. It’s brilliant work. the colors wonderful…the horse looks awesome.

    I love the name too, like Indigo.

    I love your art sweetie. 😀
    Ciao honey.

  5. Jackie Adshead
    May 6, 2009

    Fitzy – Yes, I think he did think I was a little strange, and thankyou for confirming what sort of “strange” I am!! LOL

    Thankyou, I’m glad you like the painting, whiskers and all, and I hope that the new owner likes it when she sees it too…..

  6. Jackie Adshead
    May 6, 2009

    Spiky – Thankyou! Glad you like it!

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